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Daily Planet Cafe

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121 W Jones St, NC Museum of Natural Sciences/Nature Research Center, Raleigh, NC 27603-1368
+1 919-707-8060
08:00 - 17:00
Closed now
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Mon - Wed 08:00 - 17:00
Thu 08:00 - 21:00
Fri 08:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was totally impressed by the variety of options as well as the great prices. Normally museum cafe food is outrageously expensive, but not here! I opted for a wrap and drink out of the cooler instead of waiting for a hot sandwich as it was quite busy that day and I was hungry, but looking at other people's orders... More 

Thank Emily M
Asheville, North Carolina
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was very good and reasonably priced. I ordered a burger and was able to get fresh fruit as a side rather than fries. My husband had the fried fish and really liked it.

Thank danabm2016
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74 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stopped here at the end of my visit to the Natural Museum to sit and chat with a friend. She ordered the soy chai latte and I decided to give it a try. I have to tell you it was the best chai latte I have ever had. Not sure it was the sugar high (I tried to fool... More 

Thank Leslie O
Raleigh, North Carolina
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61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

My family loves eating lunch at The Daily Planet when visiting the Natural Sciences museum. The food is delicious and well priced. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.

Thank spcoggs
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Lunch here is absolutely delicious and reasonably priced for the quality of food you receive. $8.00 We ordered shrimp n grits, fish tacos (2) and salad bar. Reasonable portions for a lady/children. Big eaters may need extra. Order at counter and wait for food. I don't think there was any wait service. Coffee and smoothies were available as well. Serve... More 

Thank AmyN764
Hickory, North Carolina
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175 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Menu offerings of salads, sandwiches, wraps, vegetarian and light fare. Great prices, quick turnaround and fabulous Spinach, quinoa, tomato and avocado salad was Perfectly dressed. Great choice.

Thank JJ L
Edenton, North Carolina
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105 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

I was surprised a museum cafe would be this tasty and inexpensive. Counter service was fast and painless. Will return if visiting the museum.

Thank TeamJOKE
Blacksburg, Virginia
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

I am often hesitant to eat at museum cafés because of the price. The planet cafe has a wonderful menu at very reasonable prices. My fish tacos with fries was $8 and soup was $3. Kids meal were $6 with an entree , drink, side of chip, fries or fruit,cookie and a toy. The museums were amazing and I'm glad... More 

Thank CookieChachaCoco
Raleigh, North Carolina
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

The Daily Planet cafe was a welcome surprise considering the offerings at other museum cafes I've been to. This cafe makes everything fresh and has a wide variety of sandwiches, healthy salads and platters. It's a real fast casual restaurant and worth a trip whether you're at the museum or not. Two of the adults in my group had the... More 

Thank Deanna L
Statesville, North Carolina
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347 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

I was really surprised by the food in this cafe. As a rule, food in museum cafes is not particularly good but this is an exception. Located in in the NC Museum of Natural History, the service and food were quite good. The hand-made burgers were great.

Thank kagatlin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$8
American, Cafe
Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 121 W Jones St, NC Museum of Natural Sciences/Nature Research Center, Raleigh, NC 27603-1368
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: +1 919-707-8060
The Daily Planet Cafe is located in the Nature Research Center of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and features breakfast, sandwiches, salads, wraps, desserts, smoothies, Larry's Beans coffee and a full bar.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?